Google Doodle Celebrates 119th Anniversary of First Ice Cream - World's most expensive ice cream

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Google's homepage doodles are getting a tad random, but delicious. Today's image honors the 119th birthday of the first documented ice cream sundae.

The pastel-colored image replaces the two Os in the Google logo with a cherry-topped ice cream sundae.

The history of the ice cream sundae has actually spawned quite the rivalry between two U.S. cities that claim to be its birthplace – Ithaca, N.Y. and Two Rivers, Wisconsin – and Google appears to be siding with Ithaca.

On April 3, 1892, the Rev. John M. Scott visited the Platt & Colt Pharmacy – and its owner Chester Platt – in Ithaca after services at the Unitarian Church. Platt served up two bowls of vanilla ice cream, but decided to jazz it up with cherry syrup and candied cherry, according to What's Cooking America. The duo were so pleased with the creation that Scott suggested it be named after the day it was created, and the "Cherry Sunday" was upon us.
Google Doodle Celebrates 119th Anniversary of First Ice Cream - World's most expensive ice cream Sundae.

WOULD you spare RM1000 to eat a small dessert? The point is, are there such desserts that cost US$1,000 (RM3,042)? Well, with five scoops of high quality Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar’s vanilla ice cream creates a fine indulgence of US$1,000 the Grand Opulence Sundae.

It was recently nominated the World’s Most Expensive Ice Cream. The Grand Opulence Sundae isn’t served casually, but it is canopied in a 23K edible gold leaf and drizzled with Amedei Porceleana. The Amedei Porceleana is covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate. Later on, the ice cream is wrapped once again with exotic candied fruits all the way from Paris-gold dragnets, truffles and the famous Marzipan Cherries. To sweeten the ice cream, fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac (a kind of Brazil wine) are added. Finally, the ice cream is topped with a tiny bowl of Grand Passion Caviar, famously known for its gold sparkles. It’s worth the US$1,000 price tag for the heavenly taste!

The story goes this way… "One Sunday afternoon, John M. Scott, a Unitarian Church minister had his usual meeting with the co-owner of Platt & Colt Pharmacy, Chester C. Platt, who also happens to be the church’s treasurer.

They wanted to have an ice cream, but instead of the plain Vanilla, Platt covered the ice cream with cherry syrup and candied cherries. It tasted so delicious that they immediately named it the Cherry Sunday."

The oldest-known written evidence of a sundae is Platt & Colt’s newspaper ad for an Ice Cream specialty "Cherry Sunday," as seen in the Ithaca Daily Journal dated April 5, 1892 (below). Soon after, there were Cherry Sundays, Strawberry Sundays, Chocolate Sundays too.

FYI, most expensive ice cream sundae (also a Guinness World Record) is the Serendipity Golden Opulence Sundae, served only at the Serendipity 3 restaurant in New York City. It costs $1000 and requires reservation at least 48 hours in advance.

The Golden Opulence Sundae consists of five scoops of ice cream made with (mix of) Tahitian vanilla beans, Madagascar vanilla and Chuao chocolate; and topped with Amedei Porcelana (one of the world’s most expensive chocolates), edible 23-carat gold leaf, tiny flakes of gold, candied fruits, cherries; and garnished with real gold dragĂ©es, and sugar paste floral decorations. It is served in a Baccarat crystal goblet with an 18-karat gold spoon.

Most of the ingredients of the sundae must be flown in from different parts of the world, hence the price.
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